A Munich Court Declares Kunstmuseum Bern ‘Rightful Inheritor’ of Gurlitt Trove

Gericht: Kunstmuseum Bern ist rechtmäßiger Gurlitt-Erbe (Court rule: the Kunstmuseun Bern is the rightful heir of the Gurlitt collection) Gericht: Museum rechtmäßiger Gurlitt-Erbe

The Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Photo: Andreas Praefcke via Wikimedia Commons

A Munich court has decided that the Kunstmuseum Bern is the rightful inheritor of the Gurlitt collection, the DPA reports.

Art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt bequeathed his collection, which allegedly includes hundreds of Nazi-looted artworks, to the Swiss museum (see Kunstmuseum Bern Says Nazi-Era Gurlitt Trove Has 500 Works With Dodgy Provenance).

The court rejected a challenge to Gurlitt’s will lodged by his cousin Ute Werner (see Gurlitt Was Mentally Unfit to Write Will, Cousins Claim).

Shortly before he passed away, Gurlitt had struck a deal with German authorities, allowing them to research whether Nazi-looted artworks were in his trove (see Gurlitt Gives German Task Force One Year to Research Provenance of Suspected Nazi Loot).

So far, the German government has only identified three artworks as Nazi-looted, and has returned one (see Germany Criticized for Bureaucratic “Bullying” over Gurlitt Restitution).

Ute Werner has repeatedly criticized the lengthy process in the media, and has decided to leak documents found in Gurlitt’s possession–which he had inherited from his father, Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt–for transperancy (see Thousands of Documents Belonging to Nazi-Era Art Dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt Leaked Online).

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